Ongoing Studies

On this page you'll find a detailed description about some of the ongoing research in the PRISM lab.

Women and Infants' Stress and Health (WISH) Study

Seeking women less than 32 weeks pregnant.

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Recruitment Open

Coping with it All from Labor to Maternity

Seeking women less than 32 weeks pregnant.

Click to learn more or take our eligibility survey.

Recruitment Open

Seeking Participants

Women and Infants' Stress and Health (WISH) Study

We are conducting a longitudinal study of mother-infant stress regulation: the Women and Infants' Stress and Health (WISH) Study. The project focuses on maternal stress and wellbeing during the perinatal period as predictors of the development of infants' physiological--i.e., HPA axis, autonomic, inflammatory--and behavioral responsiveness to interpersonal stress. This study is funded through the National Institute of Health (NIH) through the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

Participation includes one visit to our lab when you are 28-32 weeks pregnant, which involves some questionnaires, saliva samples, and personality tasks. The you would return with your baby when they are 3, 8, 15, and 24 months old for more questionnaires, a short and mild stress task with them, and saliva samples from your baby. The first visit pays $30 and you earn progressively more for each session for a total of $220 by the end of the study!

Seeking Participants

Coping with it All from Labor to Maternity

For most women, the transition to parenthood can be both overwhelming and joyful. Childbirth preparation classes can improve your birth experience and overall well-being, and allow for a more fulfilling parenting experience. Participants will be helping us learn about how these different birthing classes prepare new moms for motherhood.

You would visit our lab at about 28 weeks of pregnancy for an initial assessment, during which you fill out questionnaires and find out which birthing class option/s are available for you to choose from. These classes range from 2 to 10 weeks long and are free or subsidized up to a value of $200. After the birthing class, at about 37 weeks of pregnancy, you complete another questionnaire assessment either online or in our lab. At 3-4 months postnatal, we follow up with a home visit that involves video recording you and your baby, and you visit the university one more time to have your brain scanned with MRI.